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Taliban chief spoke with US official on bombings: report

The Taliban’s spiritual leader spoke with a US official in 1998, two days after US bombings in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for attacks on US embassies in Africa, documents released here showed. The one-eyed fugitive Mullah Omar was arguably the most powerful man in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule, which came to an end after a US-led invasion following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. It was the first and last time Omar, now wanted by the United States, had spoken directly with a US government official, according to the National Security Archive, a non-governmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University.Full Story

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